If you can't appreciate what Tiger Woods winning his fifth green jacket at the Masters means to golf, what his recovery and transformation mean as a redemptive tale to folks who don't even follow the game, you're one cold-hearted soul. "Seeing how healthy he was and how much fun he was having playing the game a couple falls ago when we were at home, he had plenty to go win".
The hangover, however, isn't among Woods' legion of devoted followers. And while Xander Schauffele (68, T2) didn't succeed in becoming the fifth straight first-time major victor at Augusta (Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Jordan Spieth), he led the field with 25 birdies and looks like a big-game hunter. In all 14 of his previous major wins, he was either tied or in the lead after 54 holes.
Those "Tiger Roars" that had started on Thursday were louder than ever Sunday afternoon as Tiger Woods marched his way to his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship. Woods dedicated the performance to his kids, and hugged his son afterward in nearly the exact same spot where he hugged his dad after his first ever Masters win back in 1997. Let's dive in and see what we find. And that's when Woods seized control, again with plenty of help.
Woods won his first Masters in 1997.
That's the sting losing ought to bring to everyone who had a chance to beat Woods on Sunday and didn't. The Norwegian was not even born when Woods first won at Augusta.
And the 15-time major victor jokingly admitted it's because of everything that goes on during a tournament. Runnerup Brooks Koepka won three of the previous seven majors, making him the strongest No. 2 finisher in any of Woods' major victories.
True story: a year ago, I saw someone on Twitter call Woods' comeback "the greatest ever", and I reacted to a statement I believed hyperbolic by pointing out that Mario Lemieux once got diagnosed with cancer mid-season, missed two months, returned to the ice the same day as his final radiation treatment and still won the National Hockey League scoring title.
That's what too many challengers looked like while folding, fading or fizzling when Woods was at his best. Sports commentators argued that his victory was the greatest comeback in the history of sports.More news: No Honeymoon for Korea's National 5G and the New Samsung Phones
Other US Sports stars were quick to join in on Twitter.
Tiger Woods of the USA celebrates with with his green jacket after winning the 2019 Masters.
They're all annoying nuisances now.
Nike Inc's long-time brand ambassador Tiger Woods gave investors another reason to cheer on Monday, after the world's biggest name in golf won the Masters, pushing the company's stock higher. One gambler, however, was a little more excited than the other fans.
Another key factor, Watson said, is Woods' health.
Ending an 11-year major drought, the 43-year-old American superstar - who underwent spinal fusion in 2017 fearing chronic back pain would deny him life's simple joys much less golf wins - seized his first major title since the 2008 US Open.
Now, Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach loom, courses where Woods has been dominant.